Alumni Beat

  Clockwise from the left: Alex Bugnon '81, Tracy Durrah, Victor Bailey '80, Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax '82, Emanuel "Chulo" Gatewood '79 and Canet Kilic at the Smoke jazz club in New York where bassist Victor Bailey received the distinguished alumnus award on October 25, 2009.
  Professor and Berklee alumnus Walter Beasley '84 gave a presentation for Berklee's "Successful Careers in Music" series on September 24. Beasley stressed the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit in today's music industry.
  From the left: Jim Gallagher, Mindy Gallagher '80, Zac Crockett, and Beth Varela '05 at the Minneapolis Berklee Alumni Chapter holiday party on December 10.
  From the left: Marco Panascia '02, Bass Department Chair Rich Appleman '72, Garth Stevenson '04, and Vaughan Misener '86 at the Bass Reunion in Boston on October 26-27. Stevenson was the event's featured alumnus.

I want to begin my first column of the new decade by wishing you all the best for 2010 and by taking a moment to review the highlights of late 2009. In December 2009, we held holiday parties in 11 of our alumni chapters. Thanks go to our dedicated chapter leaders for helping to create these great events. Below we've featured some pictures from various events. To view additional photos posted by members of the Berklee community, visit

I would also like to extend my congratulations to the 2009-2010 Alumni Grant Recipients. Rather than offer full details about the 13 grant recipients and their projects here, I refer you to the main page of the alumni website at These grants are awarded annually to support the many alumni who have given back to their communities through music. Berklee's alumni site will soon feature applications for the 2010-2011 grants, and grant applications will be accepted between April 1 and June 30.

We appreciate all the submitted nominations for another recognition program: the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Three alumni committee meetings were convened to consider the nominations, and the results will be announced soon.

We are currently redesigning Berklee's alumni website. Please send an e-mail to to offer site redesign suggestions. As the year unfolds, don't forget to visit the main alumni page to keep up with happenings at Berklee and in your area.

Until next time, take care.

Karen Bell, '90
Director of Alumni Affairs